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I've been having a hard time embracing rap this year, but Saturation 2 is really starting to connect with me. Probably too many songs on it, but so many great ones.
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September 12, 2017 on On 9/11 Brockhampton Offered An Escape From NYC
This is massively compelling. She is a genius.
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September 12, 2017 on Watch Esperanza Spalding Livestream The Recording Of Her New Album
No album with skits is perfect, except for Purple Haze
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September 11, 2017 on Graduation Turns 10
Graduation, I think, has Kanye's highest highs, but there's weak material on it. Then again, I think every Kanye album contains weak songs or derailing moments. But what I always liked about Graduation compared to its predecessors was that it felt tighter and more compact. Even with the inconsistency, it feels better edited. Also, it's just stacked with hits.
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September 11, 2017 on Graduation Turns 10
On board for that, but yeah, Samson and Propagandhi are too oil and water to be a good mix. Imagine Samson fitting in with the band now - it would be absurd.
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August 24, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Failed Imagineer” Video
Thanks for writing this, such a great album. One point of contention though: When discussing the Beach Boys underrated post-Pet Sounds work, Wild Honey has to be the most overrated reference point. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid, consistent batch of songs, but it almost never reaches a higher level. The whole thing is just "good," never "great." In terms of their later work, I prefer Smiley SMile, Friends, Sunflower, Surf's Up and even less celebrated records like Carl and The Passions, Holland and Love You, which, although flawed albums, contain MUCH more interesting material.
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August 24, 2017 on The Lost Beach Boy: Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue At 40
Terrible idea. Samson's departure from Propagandhi in the 90s is one of the rare cases of someone leaving the band actually proved mutually beneficial. All of Propagandhi's best work came after Samson left, and even though they're pretty good songs, Samson's contributions to Less Talk, More Rock complete torpedo that album's momentum. Anyway, super pumped for the new album. Failed States is amazing and Supporting Caste is the best rock/punk/metal album of the last decade, no joke.
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August 24, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Failed Imagineer” Video
This is super solid. Chuck is in fine voice.
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August 23, 2017 on Hot Water Music – “Complicated”
15 years dude. 15 years. Also, yes it is. Absolutely essential.
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August 14, 2017 on Hot Snakes Announce Reunion Tour, First New Album In 14 Years
If nothing else, I'm just grateful the Darkness are no longer being used as a shorthand for the limitations of irony in music. These guys were a shit-hot band from the start and even if they've kind settled into a groove of being an admirable working rock band, they can kick out great songs in their sleep.
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July 21, 2017 on The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”
https://twitter.com/propagandhi/status/887341607732879363 A lyrical point of reference. Fuck, this thing wails.
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July 18, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Victory Lap”
Propagandhi are the greatest band in the world. Full stop. There hasn't been a rock record as potent and powerful (and moving) as Supporting Caste in the last 10 years. Except for maybe Failed States.
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July 18, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Victory Lap”
I can't suggest that Pinegrove is doing anything terribly unique with its sound, it's basically a guy writing some basic guitar songs, but I don't hear Modest Mouse or Bright Eyes so much when I listen them. They probably occupy a similar space (white guys and their guitars), but I don't know who they may be a direct descendant of.
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July 18, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Your opinion notwithstanding, the "alt-country" tag has probably been leaned on too heavily with Pinegrove. They are decidedly not an alt-country band. They fall more in line with modern emo, and part of their dynamics include maybe the odd country lilt or bluegrassy harmony. It's an ingredient in the band's sound, but it is not the sound itself. Also, they aren't boring.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Ugh, I wish there was a way to edit posts. This thing is a mess.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Cardinal has just grown and grown for me. Eight perfect fully formed songs that feel like they already belong in the Great American Songbook. In fact, this year's live album, Elsewhere, might even be better - each song slightly altered with fuller harmonies and rawer performances. On Twitter yesterday Tom Breihan was asking about the appeal of Pinegrove and I flippantly said "It's like, imagine if indie rock were actually good." That was kind of a dickish thing to say, but I real feel like the band gets right something that so many much bigger bands get so absolutely wrong. Hall writes real deal SONGS, not just vague ideas with good SOUNDS. That's why these continue to connect so strongly with their audience.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
I'd say not so much "filler" per se as maybe "soggy" moments. Parts of the record where it lags ever-so-slightly. These are minor quibbles, Tyranny, for me, is close to a 10, but I really do love the efficiency and focus of Shake The Sheets. Add to the fact that the album is STACKED with great songs.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Holy shit, I posted my comment before I had time to really delve into the article and now I feel like a bit of a tool being all "hey, here's how I rank Ted Leo" albums. Anyways, great article. Ted Leo is incredible.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Hearts is the discovery point for many people, but I think Tyranny has the better top end tracks (including your namesake). Sheets, though. There's really nothing else like it in the Ted Leo discography. It was his quickest turnaround in terms of making a record and the whole thing is more alive with angry, punchy efficiency. Leo has never made a tighter record and I think it's his only filler-free record. And yes, you can hear how good Leo is as a songwriter on tej, but there is just way too much dicking around on that thing.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Got to see a Ted solo show about a year-and-a-half ago (my third time seeing him) and he was fabulous and the crowd was so into, singing along every word, even on the covers. Anyway, here's how I would rank his albums. 1. Shake The Sheets 2. The Tyranny of Distance 3. Hearts of Oak 4. The Brutalist Bricks 5. The Both (severely underrated) 6. Living With The Living 7. Tej leo(?)
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Basically all of EWBAITE is pretty good. Most of White is good. Red is crazy bipolar, but there are strong moments ("Dreamin'" and "Angel And The One," which is an insanely good song). Hurley kind of moves everything toward the middle - only one truly awful song, some scattered great moments. Raditude is absurd and fun, but bad, regrettable fun. Make Believe is milquetoast or awful. Green is benign and lobotomized, but efficiently catchy. Maladroit is pretty empty, but a total rager.
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June 19, 2017 on Weezer’s Hit-Filled Firefly Set Was A Nearly Perfect Situation
Damn, this album is going to be huuuuuuuge. Also, not for nothing, Ex Eye features the best member of Liturgy.
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June 12, 2017 on Ex Eye – “Xenolith; The Anvil”
You mean the Esperanza Spalding Conundrum?
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June 6, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief Capacity
Planetary Prince addresses some of my key issues with The Epic, which is, essentially, that it trims the fat. The Epic has some stunning moments, but there are extended passages where the music seems to be wandering without purposes. Planetary Prince is leaner, more efficient and stronger for its judicious editing. It's the classic "boy, this double album would have been better as a single album" cliche, but I feel like Planetary Prince confirms how true it is.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Well, I would suggest they are great pop albums on their own terms, minus any elements of cult of personality. I guess it depends what you categorize as "pop", but I do think those albums compare favorably when you stake them up against the likes of 1989 and E-Mo-Tion.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Holy shit, this album!
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
I really like that White Reaper album, but I really do think that Paramore do that pop ideal better than anyone since Robyn. So yeah, think of it on those terms. They're a pop group and they've released the two best pop albums of the last five years.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Also, am I crazy, or has 2017 been kind of ehhh, so far? I mean, I don't even think DAMN. touches untitled unmastered, and it's taking the top spot. I had four masterpieces pegged by this time last year (Cobalt, Pinegrove, Vektor, Esperanza Spalding) and this year, only one album even hints at that level. Not too worried though, still have new Sheer Mag and Propagandhi to look forward to.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Aw dude, ya blew it!
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far